Assessment of Thermionic RF Electron Gun

The Canadian Light Source produces a very bright light which can be used to study DNA, viruses, cells, proteins, and other small-scale structures. To generate this light, the CLS needs a beam of electrons which are generated by an electron gun. In 2018, this electron gun failed, and the facility was unable to function for 6 months while it was replaced. The CLS had purchased a more reliable electron gun which uses different technology to generate electrons. This project aims to make measurements of the new electron gun and develop magnetic systems from those measurements to install the new gun alongside the existing one. By doing this, the facility will be protected against future failures allowing research to continue uninterrupted.

Faculty Supervisor:

Mark Boland;Alexander Koustov


Csaba Nemeth


Canadian Light Source Inc.





University of Saskatchewan



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